Filmmaker and truth-seeker Roger Nygard explores the nature of existence by asking questions of just about every sort of human being you could imagine. Not only does he ask the questions but he narrates, directs, appears behind the camera, and gets a credit for editing. He is an auteur to the max.
Nygard is clever, funny, wry and witty, without judging any of the opinions, beliefs or thoughts of the participants. He is lighthearted and noncommittal. He is as accepting of the enthusiasts who believe that God is into drag racing as he is of the earnest Ultimate Christian Wrestlers.
He travels all over the U.S., to Jerusalem where he visits the Wailing Wall, to Italy where he visits the Vatican (Sorry, no Papal audience—It cost too much!), to China, to India where he visits the Taj Mahal, and to England where he visits Oxford University and Stonehenge.
At Stonehenge he meets Rollo Maughfling, The Archdruid of Stonehenge, as well as the Official Swordbearer of the Secular Order of Druids, King Arthur Pendragon. After the interview, the Official Swordbearer rides off on his motorcycle. This gives you some idea of the flavor of this documentary.
Other askees on his quest include scientists, writers, preachers, rabbis, priests, biologists, psychologists, neurologists, channelers, physicists, heretics, Muslims, Catholics, an ex-scientologist, evangelists, professors, Native American spiritual leaders, Buddhists, spiritual gurus, an astrophysicist, a pan-religious pilgrim, a tour guide, Taoists, a film producer, a film director, a publisher, monks, Tibetans, Baptists, a folk artist, meditators, a lama, Meher Baba lovers, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, actors, musicians, and Aha, a spiritual guru who favors a popular four-letter word, and more.
Nygard asks Why are we here? What are we supposed to be doing? What is the purpose of life? What is the significance of religion? How did the universe begin? What do you think about God?
If all this doesn’t encourage you to take a peek at The Nature of Existence, try this: I saw it twice and I loved it even more the second time.